Environmental impact of hydropower developments in the Amazon

Brazil has been facing criticism from international institutions and non-profit organisations regarding the environmental and social impacts of the implementation of hydropower projects in the Amazon. Concern mainly arises in relation to the country's supposed non-compliance with International Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples in Independent Countries, issued by the International Labour Organisation and ratified by over 20 countries. As a result, Brazil is at risk of jeopardising its long-term energy plan.


Law aims to solve jurisdiction disputes between environmental agencies

Date of Release: 
Oct 24 2011

A recently proposed complementary law represents hope for the end of jurisdiction disputes among federal, state and local environmental agencies in Brazil, increasing the efficiency of environmental permitting procedures and allowing the country to develop its infrastructure in a swift and environmentally conscious manner. Proposition of the law has therefore been classified as a matter of urgency.

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